Judge hearing Nevada bid for rec pot sales July 1

Carson City, Nev. • Nevada’s marijuana regulators are working furiously to launch recreational sales on July 1, a fast-approaching deadline that could hinge on a court deciding whether the powerful liquor industry should be guaranteed a piece of the pot pie before tourists and residents can light up.

Lawyers for the liquor industry, marijuana retailers and the state faced a judge Monday to argue whether Nevada has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses to anyone besides alcohol d...